Rainy Day Activities for Kids in Wicklow


Are you looking for activities for a rainy day in Wicklow? Need some ideas for things to do to keep the kids occupied when it’s wet outside? Then we have lots of suggestions here to make your job a little easier!

Indoor Centres

Fun Works is a Playcentre located in the Croghen Industrial Estate in Arklow.  Parents can enjoy a coffee while the kids run off some steam.

Zoom Adventure Play, based in Charlesland, Greystones is a great rainy day option with 4 levels of fun.  Also running mid week activities for kids and with a seperate toddler area.  Parents are well looked after too with Java Republic coffee and free Wifi!

Take the family bowling at Bray Bowl located conveniently beside Bray Dart Station, which not only has 10pin bowling, but Quasar Laser Tag, Pool, Video Games, Air Hockey and Fussball which can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.

Magical Miniature World

40855_taraspalacesmallllistingslogotaras palace wicklowExplore the magical miniature world of Tara’s Palace Museum of Childhood at Powerscourt House. Each room in Tara’s Palace is furnished with miniature masterpieces, hand painted ceilings and hand crafted wooden and marble floors. The museum is home to Ireland’s largest period dolls house, Tara’s Palace and contains hundreds of fascinating exhibits, including the amazing 17th century house in a bottle, the smallest doll in the world and a 300 year old doll’s house. Perfect for all ages from 5 to 105!

Wicklow’s Historic Gaol

Wicklow’s Historic Gaol is one of Ireland’s most interactive experiences. On entering the building, you will be transported back in time and meet face to face with some of the most notorious characters to have walked the floors of this dramatic and history filled building. The gaol is open daily, and there is a café on-site.

Catch a Movie

Who doesn’t love popcorn and a good movie?

Take in a movie at the Gaiety Cinema located in Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow. There is a kids’ club with discounted rates on weekends and during school holidays. They also offer special kids meals too.

Storytelling at the Mermaid Theatre in Bray is always a big hit with the kids!  Events are run intermittently throughout the year so check back regularly with us.

Alternatively, why not enjoy all the fun of the cinema, without ever leaving home, by creating your own home cinema experience! Get the kids involved in setting up the cinema, arranging seating, making tickets etc. then sit back and relax!

Related : Make Your Own Home Cinema

Get Reading!

Visit your local library. All libraries in the county have a junior section. Great for a rainy afternoon – go and read with the children or take part in many of the free events and activities that take place.  Check out library opening times before you make plans.

Visit your local bookstore and treat the kids to a new book.  Spend time browsing for that special book and go home and read it together.

Go Swimming!

Go swimming at Coral Leisure in Arklow, the largest leisure complex in the southeast! There is a 25m pool and seperate learner pool, sauna, steamroom, large gym and sports hall.

Children aged 9 years and under must be accompanied in the water at all times by a person over 18 years of age.  Toddlers swim for free!  Coral also have a pool and gym in Wicklow Town.

See The Sharks!

The National Sea Life Centre Bray, takes you on a journey of the deep…without getting wet! Over 30+ displays including: Rivers of the World, Nemo’s Kingdom and their breathtaking Tropical Shark Lagoon. Feeding times take place throughout the day and children have the opportunity to handle some of the animals. They also have a soft play area and an indoor picnic area.

Get Outside

Sometimes, you have just got to get out and get wet!

Put on the raingear and wellies and go for a walk in the rain.  Most kids love splashing in puddles, and sometimes it’s a great way to release pent-up energy from being cooped up inside.  See our Top 10 Things to do Outside in Rain for inspiration!

Warm up afterwards with a hot bath/shower, dry clothes and hot chocolate. Then, why not pull out a board-game or snuggle up on the couch with a movie – a perfect end to a wet day!

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